Ward 8 York West
Dr. Li Preti brought experience, education and significant community involvement to his sixteen years as a municipal politician. He was first elected in 1985 as an Alderman, and has subsequently been elected as a North York Councillor in 1988, 1991, and 1994. His success and achievements as a Councillor was extended to the Megacity, where he was elected in 1997, 2000 and 2003. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish. This bodes well in the culturally-rich neighbourhoods which he represented, nestled in the northwest corner of the former City of North York.
Councillor Li Preti attributed his political success to having a deep understanding of intercultural nuances, motivational factors and interpersonal skills. The capacity to strike a balance between the demands of politics, retention of professional status, and a strong commitment to family life was a challenging experience.
Having received both his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Toronto, Councillor Li Preti went on to complete a Master of Education in School Psychology and Clinical Counselling. He later achieved a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, and prior to the formation of the megacity, Dr. Li Preti, along with his political responsibilities, practised as a Neuropsychologist. Dr. Li Preti is founder and president of the Family and Individual Psychoneurological Assessment Centre. He strongly supported programs that benefit children, seniors and their families.
He was a strong advocate of maintaining and preserving affordable housing stock, supporting and encouraging the provision of good child care and expanding and upgrading recreation and playground facilities. Councillor Li Preti is an ardent believer in good nutrition, physical activity and a clean environment - the essentials for healthy minds and bodies. Significant also was his initiative and support for Computers at Home, a project aimed at providing computers to students who are unable to afford one, thus providing them with an increasingly important resource to assist in their school work. More than 500 families have expressed deep gratitude.